Center for Research Initiatives and Strategies for the Communicatively Impaired
|The mission of the Center for Research Initiatives and Strategies for the Communica- tively Impaired (CRISCI) involves a wide range of research and services aimed toward development of new methods for evaluation and rehabilitation of persons with a broad range of communicative disorders. Some of these disorders include hearing loss, stutter- ing, aphasia, voice disorders, laryngectomy, childhood articulation disorders, develop- mental language delays, etc.|
|Extensive multidisciplinary research in the fields of auditory and speech-language pathology is carried out at The University of Memphis at the Center for Research Initia- tives and Strategies for the Communicatively Impaired (CRISCI), part of the School of Audiology and Speech-language Pathology. The CRISCT received designation as an Accomplished Center from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in 1988.|
|The CRISCl's major research initiative directionsinclude normal and dysfluent speech; physiologic and acoustic methods for diagnosis of vocal pathologies; electrophysiologic studies of the central auditory nervous system; clinical expertise in speech-language pathology; vowel misarticulations in children; linguistic and cognitive abilities of chil- dren with language-learning disabilities; perceptual and acoustic analysis of neuromotor speech disorders in adults; hearing aid selection and evaluation procedures; histology of the aging larynx; and normal communication processes of older adults.|
|In 1994 the Department ofAudiology and Speech Pathology at The University of Mem- phis was renamed the School ofAudiology and Speech-Language Pathology, giving it the distinction of being the only independent school of its type in the nation. The CRISCI has greatly enhanced facilities and research support for faculty researchers in the School ofAudiology and Speech-Language Pathology including additional equipment, space, support personnel and the creation of several new laboratories. These enhancements resulted in increased external fundin 8, research productivity, faculty participation in professional conferences and research-related publications. These enhancements have also earned faculty researchers national and international recognition for their efforts.|
|EXPLORING THE HUMAN LARYNX -|
Dr. Joel Kahane, professor of speech-language pathology and director of the Anatomical Sciences Laboratory, dissects a human larynx with the aid of a high resolution steromacroscope.
|Dr. Gerald Studebaker
completed a seven-year Jacob K. Javits Neuroscience Investigator
Award which acknowledges him as one of the leading scientists in
the field of neurologi-
cal and communicative sciences.
Dr. Robyn Cox served a three-year term as a member of the Executive Committee for the Committee on Hearing and Bioacoustics, an affiliate of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. This appointment provides an opportunity to influence position papers of the com- mission which are often used by members of Congress as indicators of the scientific community's position of technical issues affecting the public.
Dr, Robyn Cox was one of the few non-Veterans Administration employees in the nation to be awarded research support from the Veterans Administration for her research titled, "Measurement and Prediction of Benefit from Amplification,"
The Ear and Hearing journal presented Dr. Robyn Cox and colleagues the editor's award for scholarly contribution in a series of papers published over three years about the Connected Speech Test. Drs. Gerald Studebaker and Robyn Cox have received the university's Distinguished Research Award, and Dr. Joel Kahane received the university's Distinguished Teaching Award.
Drs. Robyn Cox, Joel Kahane, Alan Kamhi, Waiter Manning, Maurice Mendel and Gerald Studebaker are Fellows of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a designation awarded to only about one percent of its members.
|The CRTSCT conducted
its first Memphis Research Symposium: Communication Disor-
ders in African-American Children and Youth in 1994. This was made
possible through a
five-year leadership grant awarded to Drs. Karen Pollock and Alan
Kamhi through the
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.
Dr. David Wark established an innovative educational program for public school personnel through grants funded by the Tennessee Department of Education.
|The Centers of
Excellence Program and the CRISCI have been great successes. The
center has begun achieving the goals it was designed to produce
including taking good
programs, making them better and giving them national and
Since its inception in 1984, the Centers of Excellence program has
researchers in the School of Audiology and Speech-Language
Pathology to create state-
of-the-science research facilities. New methods have been created
for the evaluation and
rehabilitation of persons with a broad range of communicative
disorders, and faculty
researchers have received recognition for their work, both from the
as well as the national and international scientific